Reports the state of Anne Darwin's health.
My dearest Emma.
I am assured that Annie is several degrees better: I have in vain tryed to see
Yours my dearest | C. Darwin
I am assured there is great hope.— Yesterday she was a little better, & today again a little better.—
- f1 1399.f1Dated on the basis that CD would have reported on Anne's condition as soon as he arrived in Malvern (see n. 2, below). Emma wrote ‘1
staccount | Thursday evg’ on the back of the letter.
- f2 1399.f2CD had taken his eldest daughter, Anne Elizabeth, to Malvern on 24 March (letter to W. D. Fox, [27 March 1851], n. 9). He returned to Down on 31 March. Soon after arriving in Malvern, Anne developed a fever. When her condition deteriorated, James Manby Gully sent for CD to return. CD arrived in Malvern for the second time on 17 April (Emma Darwin's diary).
- f3 1399.f3A letter of 18 April, from Fanny Allen to Elizabeth Wedgwood, describes how Emma (who had to remain at Down because of her imminent confinement) responded to the news in this and other letters concerning Anne's illness. ‘Poor Emma is very low, but her health is not injured. She is so afraid that this anxiety may injure Charles's health, which is always affected by his mind, that she has desired Fanny Hensleigh [Fanny Mackintosh Wedgwood] to go down to Malvern.’ (Emma Darwin 2: 132–3).